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English definition of “buck (sb/sth) up”

buck (sb/sth) up

UK informal
verb [I] uk phrasal verb with buck   /bʌk/ us  
to become happier or more positive or to make someone happier or more positive: Oh, buck up for heaven's sake, Anthony! I'm sick of looking at your miserable face. She was told that if she didn't buck her ideas up (= start working in a more positive way), she'd be out of a job. A week at the beach will buck her up.Causing pleasureFeeling pleasure and happinessTaking pleasure in something
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